Life Histories and National Narratives: Remembering Occupied Manchuria in Postwar China

  title={Life Histories and National Narratives: Remembering Occupied Manchuria in Postwar China},
  author={Marjorie Dryburgh},
  journal={History Workshop Journal},
Recent studies of memory work in China have explored productively the uses of national narratives of war and victimhood, at times supported by personal testimony, in service of a ‘public transcript’ of Party-state legitimacy. However, oral histories of education in Japanese-occupied north-east China, collected by Chinese researchers and published in 2005, hint at more complex relations between story, storyteller and imagined audience. Without challenging established judgements on the… 
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